Doctor, pharmacists charged with conspiring to distribute narcotics

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PARKER, Colo. — A doctor was charged in federal court with conspiring to distribute excessive amounts of narcotics Tuesday.

Dr. John Alan Littleford, 70, owned a clinic in Parker. He’s accused of writing in illegal prescriptions and working with a pharmacy that looked the other way, according to federal authorities. His office manager, Dianna Smithling, is also charged

Pharmacists Stanley Callas and Scott Eskanos, who co-owned Crown Joint Pharmacy in Parker and Sky Ridge Pharmy in Lone Tree, are also charged.

Court records show that from April 2010 to November 2012, Littleford is accused of writing new prescriptions for opioids for patients who should have had pills left over from the previous prescriptions. The pharmacists are accused of conspiring to fill those prescriptions.

The indictment also alleges that two individuals who visited Littleford received illegal amounts of Oxycodone which resulted in their deaths.

Some of the prescribed opioids are very addictive and are considered controlled substances by the federal government. They include drugs such as oxycontin, morphine, fentanyl, methadone and vicodin, according to the indictment.

Littleford is charged with two counts of distributing a controlled substance which resulted in death. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

His alleged co-conspirators faces charges of conspiring to distribute controlled substances to money laundering and face up to 15 years for those charges.

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